W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > public-webcrypto-comments@w3.org > October 2012

Re: Pre-provisioned Key-access Proposal - Privacy Consideration Update

From: Anders Rundgren <anders.rundgren@telia.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2012 13:16:17 +0100
Message-ID: <508FC511.3060303@telia.com>
To: Mark Watson <watsonm@netflix.com>
CC: "public-webcrypto-comments@w3.org" <public-webcrypto-comments@w3.org>
On 2012-10-30 12:13, Mark Watson wrote:
<snip>
>> For practical comments, I feel that the current doc is full of
>> hand-wavey ideas that provide no guidance or actual APIs that show how
>> many of these concepts are to work or be used. I also think that,
>> absent formal membership, the IPR policies likely prevent this being
>> something that the WG could adopt.
> 
> +1

Mark, it would be interesting hearing Netflix' take on WebCrypto access to
pre-provisioned keys that are not bound to any particular domain.  Think credit-cards.

Anders


> 
>>
>>>
>>> I have updated the document with a privacy consideration section.
>>>
>>> The scheme offers no privacy silver bullet but maybe a "workable solution".
>>>
>>> A generic Web Crypto issue seems to be that either you end-up with a standardized "key-picker" (probably pretty difficult to define) which would mark the selected key as usable by the application to use with the Web Crypto API, or you leave this responsibility to the [presumably well-written] application.   The described solution bets on the latter because this is much more flexible and may even turn out to be a prerequisite for market acceptance.  However, this introduces a potential privacy risk, since there's no platform-provided protection against key "misuse".
>>>
>>> BTW, I have recently been experimenting with the extension-scheme used by for example Google to access the Android Play-store which is based on stand-alone handlers for unique protocols like "market://".  This is a strong challenger to Web Crypto solutions for pre-provisioned keys.  This scheme also fits quite nicely with the described solution.
>>>
>>> -- Anders
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
> 
> 
> 
Received on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 12:16:51 GMT

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.2.0+W3C-0.50 : Tuesday, 30 October 2012 12:16:51 GMT